The Boston Red Sox have sent outfielder Josh Reddick, first baseman Miles Head and right-hander Raul Alcantara to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney. Here’s a look at the players the Red Sox are giving up as part of the deal.
OF Josh Reddick
Age: 24 SoxProspects.com Rank: Graduated from prospect status in 2011 (peaked at No. 2)
How Acquired: Drafted in the 17th round, 2006 ($140,000 signing bonus)
2011 Stats: .280/.327/.457 with 7 home runs for Boston, .230/.333/.508 with 14 home runs for Triple-A Pawtucket
Scouting Report: Reddick is a naturally gifted athlete with a knack for putting the bat on the ball. He's a contact hitter with a quick bat and very good power. He has a sweet-looking uppercut swing that starts with his hands held high; he then brings them low-and-up through the zone. He creates good lift on the ball when he turns on it. However, Reddick is an aggressive hitter who needs to improve his plate discipline. He swings at a lot of balls off of the plate, and he also gets pull-happy on occasion. He needs to work on hitting to all fields. Early in his minor league career, the outfielder showed some resistance to Boston’s preached plate discipline approach, but his pitch recognition and approach have improved somewhat after years of seasoning. Reddick’s frame is athletic and lean, with some potential to fill out a bit more in the next couple of years. If he adds strength to his wiry frame, he has well-above-average power potential. In the field, Reddick has above-average range to go along with excellent arm strength and outstanding throwing accuracy. He shows great hustle and always goes all out. He reads the ball well coming off the walls, and while he can play all three outfield positions well, he’s probably best suited for right field.
Projection: Decent platoon outfielder versatile enough to play all three outfield positions
Ceiling: Solid, cost-effective, long-term starter for second-division club such as Oakland
1B/3B Miles Head
Age: 20 SoxProspects.com Rank: 17
How Acquired: Drafted in the 26th round, 2009 ($335,000 bonus)
2011 Stats: .299/.372/.515 with 22 home runs between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem
Scouting Report: Head has a sturdy, filled-out frame. He possesses the type of body that he will have to be mindful of becoming too stiff and big as he matures into his mid-20s. He hits from an open stance, with a quick swing and quiet mechanics. Head has above-average power with plus power potential. He’s adept at driving mistake pitches, especially those out and over the plate. However, he can overextend with his arms, which leaves to him vulnerable to fastballs on the inside third of the plate. He’ll have to incorporate his hands more at higher levels for his hit tool to project as average-to-better. He also could be tested by advanced secondary stuff. That being said, Head is developing a batting eye and is dedicated to building a professional approach. On defense, he was drafted as a third baseman, but was moved to first base in June 2010. Overall, he's been average defensively at first base. He shows choppy footwork at times and has average range, a strong arm and soft hands. He projects as average-to-solid-average defensively as long as his body doesn't fill out too much. Oakland reportedly plans to move him back to third base, where agility could be a concern.
Projection: Bench player at first base and third base. However, bear in mind that Head is a boom-or-bust type player. He could never make it above Double-A, while at the same time he has high major league potential.
Ceiling: Middle of the order bat, similar to pre-2011 Adam Dunn (if everything works out perfectly)
RHP Raul Alcantara
Age: 19 SoxProspects.com Rank: 25
How Acquired: International free agent (July 2009) ($500,000 bonus)
2011 Stats: 1-4 with a 2.20 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 50/12 K/BB in 65.1 IP between the rookie level Gulf Coast League and short-season Lowell
Scouting Report: Alcantara is a lean right-hander with a highly projectable frame. He has the potential to add a lot of weight and strength as he matures. He throws from a high 3/4 arm slot with sound and fluid mechanics, but there is some effort to create velocity. Alcantara features a low-90s fastball that tops out at 95 mph. His fastball shows nice downward movement and late finish when he stays on top of the ball. While he does not hold velocity deep into his outings, he's still in the early stages of building arm strength and stamina. He also projects to add higher sitting velocity as he matures. In terms of developmental needs, Alcantara has trouble spotting up on both sides of the plate. He also tends to leave his fastball in the middle of the zone, and overall he shows below-average fastball command. With respect to secondary stuff, the Dominican righty also mixes in an 82-83 mph slider and an 83-86 mph changeup. His slider can show tight rotation and tilt, but he's inconsistent producing hard snap and depth with the offering. It tends to roll to the plate arm-side with loopy break. However, with refinement it has the potential to be a plus power pitch. When throwing his changeup, Alcantara creates similar arm-speed to his fastball, but he’s still learning how to feel the pitch in his hand. It has average-to-better potential as a third offering. Overall, Alcantara does not command his secondary stuff well at this point, but both pitches have a foundation to become swing-and-miss offerings. He is poised, mature, and confident on the mound.
Projection: Seventh-inning reliever. Like Head, Alcantara is also a boom-or-bust player. He could flame out at the A-ball level, but also could develop into a major league starter.
Ceiling: No. 3 starter.